Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye Discuss Flying Cars

It's the future, 2015-- we should have flying cars by now. Well, we do. They're called "helicopters."

Some companies have created small vehicles that can drive on a road like a car, and can extend wings or helicopter blades to fly, but that's still not exactly what you had in mind. You're thinking of The Fifth Element style cars that hover weightlessly in the air in lanes of skyward traffic.

Engineer Bill Nye the Science Guy and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explain why that might be a pipe dream.

To get something as heavy as a car to levitate, you need a lot of energy, and it makes a lot of noise. Not to mention-- who is going to fly these?

If you've seen Burlington traffic at rush hour, you'll know that it takes all of a driver's attention just to navigate in two dimensions. Add a third, and you're asking for trouble, especially when a fender-bender could send you tumbling out of the sky.

Self-driving cars, the Science Guy proposes, must come first. Many companies from Chevrolet to Volvo are working on creating autonomous vehicles as we speak, so the future may not be as far off as you think.

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